Definition of gentleness in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered.

    ‘Michael was admired for his gentleness and tolerance’
    ‘her gentleness of manner’
    • ‘He portrays a sensitivity and gentleness that few actors can accomplish so perfectly.’
    • ‘We were lonely children—a little kindness and gentleness wouldn't have hurt our dancing.’
    • ‘Its wisdom and gentleness were sorely needed in 1984, when the film was made.’
    • ‘Granted, his character is pathetic, although his hulky good looks and gentleness might have evoked a certain charm.’
    • ‘He values his Jersey dairy herd for its gentleness, as well as the high butterfat and protein.’
    • ‘It was the middle of the tourist season, but it still had a calming effect and gentleness compared with the city they had just left.’
    • ‘His gentleness, diffidence, enthusiasm, his sense of fun, his quietly mocking spirit enslaved everyone.’
    • ‘For all his gentleness, he does have a bit of bite from time to time.’
    • ‘There's far too little gentleness in the world.’
    • ‘He was attracted by the simplicity of the French poet, his love for genre subjects, his gentleness of spirit.’
    kindness, kindliness, tenderness, benignity, humaneness, humanity
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  • 2Softness of action or effect; lightness.

    ‘the gentleness of his touch’
    ‘the gentleness of diffused light’
    • ‘Too few people appreciate the genious of the Constitution and the gentleness of economies that are in tune with natural market laws.’
    • ‘They will eat you alive, call you a liar, and psychoanlayze you with all the gentleness of a meat cleaver.’
    • ‘Keats evokes a feeling of drowsy calm with his long vowel sounds and sibilance, while Hardy's adjectives prolong the description, and add a gentleness to the scene.’
    • ‘To their great credit, they have shown a gentleness of touch that dynasties aren't always known for.’
    • ‘Up and down the paved path, some of us walk energetically, seriously, our noses to the task, sweating even in the gentleness of post-dawn.’
    • ‘The mildness and gentleness of the February sun is compared to a mother's scolding.’
    • ‘She is acclaimed for her "frightening" technical brilliance but also the gentleness of her finger work.’
    • ‘His work is suffused, for the most part, with a poetic gentleness.’
    • ‘Like the moon at night, you shine with a watchful and delicate beam of gentleness, which extinguishes the mischief and deceit used by the symbols of darkness.’
    • ‘They are united in achieving an extremely rare, unsentimental, precisely controlled gentleness of touch.’
    1. 2.1 The state of having only gradual inclines.
      ‘the gentleness of the terrain’
      • ‘He wrote in Canadian Interiors that "the gentleness of the terrain is echoed in his compositions."’
      • ‘Her landscapes range from the gentleness of the rolling meadow to the drama and excitement of the Southwest bathed in light.’
      • ‘It's very safe to swim in because of the gentleness of the incline, and the total absence of urchins or other visible sea life.’
      • ‘The viewing terrace by the church takes in the rolling gentleness of the surrounding hills.’
      • ‘I just love the countryside with the gentleness of the hills in September and the big rolling views.’
  • 3archaic A courteous or chivalrous quality attributed to noble birth.

    ‘the gentleness of English civilization is mixed up with barbarities’
    • ‘The cumulative effect of their choices is to bring a gentleness, or a gentility, to the story.’
    • ‘The delicate light reinforces the gentleness and dignity of domestic life.’
    • ‘True gentleness depends on deeds rather than birth.’
    • ‘In his journeys through the class system, he stands up for gentleness.’
    • ‘It culminates in a bizarre footnoted dissertation on her father's gentleness of manners to all and sundry.’